Mercyhurst University

Scott McKenzie, B.S. E.d.

Assistant Professor, Geology; Paleontology Director

Zurn 206B

(814) 824-2382

Mr. McKenzie has worked at over 15 impact craters and suspected craters in the United States and Canada, conducting Paleontological investigations at over 30 locations in North America. Currently( 1984 – present) he is involved in excavations at the Civil War era coal mine at Linton, Ohio, The Silurian Bertie Group in New York, and Upper Devonian Paleontology in the tri- state area. Interested students are invited and encouraged to participate.

Mr. McKenzie curates one of the 10 largest private collections of meteorites and related materials in the world (The McKenzie – Herschel Collection, founded by the family of Astronomer Sir William Herschel). Although the collection is currently in storage, examples are used in class where appropriate. Free identification of materials suspected to be meteoritic is always offered. Fossil or meteorite specimens from his collections are in the U.S. National Museum, (Smithsonian Institution), Carnegie Museum, Buffalo Museum of Science, Orton Geological Museum (OSU), Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Paleontological Research Institute, Museum of the Earth (Cornell University) Arizona State University (Tempe), The Chicago Field Museum, NASA, The Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, as well as foreign institutions. Several have been appointed as Holotypes.

Cash reward for new meteorites.

Mr. McKenzie’s research interests include: Paleozoic Xiphosura and Synziphosura, Phyllocarida; Bear Gulch Limestone Mississippian, Montana; Solnhofen Limestone, Jurassic, Germany; Mazon Creek, Illinois; Meteorites and Impact Craters; Carboniferous Vertebrates (lungfish, amphibia and early reptiles)

 

Education:

  • Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, B.S.ed, 1976
  • Pennsylvania Secondary Teaching Certificate
  • Holds letters and certificates from the Gemological Institute of America

 

Courses:

  • Historical Geology and Lab (Geol 110/111)
  • Invertebrate Paleontology and Lab
  • Paleontology and Lab (240/241)
  • Oceanography (Easp 103)
  • Astronomy and Lab (Easp118/119)
  • Geological Technology

 

Professional Memberships:

  • Paleontological Society ( member since 1980’s)
  • Meteoritical (Meteorite) Society (since 1984)
  • Palaeontological Society (London)
  • Conchological Society
  • Gemological Society of America (Charter Alumni member since 1984)
  • Mid America Paleontology Society (since 1984)
  • Geological Society of America

 

Selected Publications:

 

Bussiere, Kathleen E., McKenzie, Scott C., Stromatolite Diversity and Use as Planetary Environmental and Geological Proxies, Geological Society of America Poster, 2017 Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA**

 

David Hurey,  Scott McKenzie, Andrew Wendruff, and John Spina,

A Survey of the Pennsylvanian Amphibia of the Linton, Ohio Lagerstatte.

Geological Society of America Poster, 2017 Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA**

 

KayLeigh Rogers, Renee Raymond and Scott C. McKenzie, A Cave Bear Skull Section Showing Alteration likely made by Neanderthals from the Pleistocene Deposits of Aurisina (Pocala) Cave in Italy. Geological Society of America Poster, 2017 Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA**

 

Jacob Stokes, Torry Pfadt, Catherine Erway, and Scott C. McKenzie,  Is this the World’s Oldest Bee?  A Crato Limestone insect with apoidea- like features.

Geological Society of America Poster, 2017 Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA**

 

McKenzie, Scott C., Nypaver, Cole Bertie Pterygotid : Acutiramus; Predator or Pushover? Eurypterid injuries in the Silurian.  Geological Society of America, Denver Talk 2016

 

McKenzie, Scott C., Hurey, David, Is the Linton Anthracodromeus the World’s Oldest Facultative Biped? Geological Society of America, Denver  Poster 2016 **

 

Deak, Michael D., McKenzie, Scott C. Possible Co-evolutionary Mimicry Between Two Apex Predators of the Hell Creek Formation: Nanotyrannus lancensis and Tyrannosaurus rex. Geological Society of America, Denver Talk,  2016 **

 

Bussiere, Kathleen E., Covley, Margaret T., Foley, Connor and McKenzie, Scott C. Impact Absorption of Quartz Pebble Conglomerate into the Host Rock at  Middlesboro Crater, Kentucky, Geological Society of America, Denver, Poster 2016**

 

McKenzie, Scott C. Tektite Bubbles and The Genesis of Splashform Shapes, Starbursts and Navels.Session 299, Paleontology Poster, Baltimore meeting Geological Society of America, Nov. 2015

 

Scoles, Ian, Pfadt, Victoria A., McKenzie, Scott C. Fossils from Northwestern Pennsylvania

Session 125, Paleontology Poster, Baltimore meeting Geological Society of America, Nov. 2015 **

 

Nypaver, Cole, McKenzie, Scott C. Pterygotid Eurypterids: Fearsome Predators or Blind, Listless, Algae-Eating Blimps? Session 129, Paleontology Poster, Baltimore meeting Geological Society of America, Nov. 2015 **

 

Nicolo, Christopher P., Abney, Cooper, McKenzie, Scott C. Allosaurus and the Development of Stegosaur Plates,  Session 222, Paleontology Poster,  Baltimore meeting Geological Society of America,  Nov. 2015 **

 

Harris, Kiana T. McKenzie, Scott CA Jurassic Cuttlefish With Preserved Ink From the Solnhofen Lagerstatte. Session 222, Paleontology Poster, Baltimore meeting Geological Society of America,  Nov. 2015 **

 

Lamsdell, James C. McKenzie, Scott C. Tachypleus syriacus (Woodward) a Sexually Dimorphic Cretaceous Crown Limulid Reveals Underestimated Horseshoe Crab Divergence Times. Organisms Diversity & Evolution, Springer, August, 2015

 

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TV Documentary, NHK Tokyo, Japan, Leaps in Evolution, Episode 1. The Origin of Eyes.  Featured Scott C. McKenzie with 4 Mercyhurst students  March 2015 **

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McKenzie, Scott C. A Pridolian (or Earlier) Silurian Terrestrial Plant Community in the Bertie Group Lagerstatte of Eastern New York. Northeastern Section Geological Society of America, Talk, Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, March, 2015

 

McKenzie, Scott C. First Fishes from the Silurian (Pridolian) Bertie Lagerstatte of New York State. Northeastern Section, Geological Society of America, Talk, Paleontology Session, Lancaster, PA, March, 2014

 

Repasi, Emily Lauren, McKenzie, Scott CBertie Gastropoda From the Lang Quarry, Silurian, Pridolian

Northeastern Section Geological Society of America, poster, Lancaster, PA,  March 2014 **

End Devonian Geology in the Northwest Pennsylvania Region and Highlights of New York and Pennsylvania Gas-Oil History. Baird, McKenzie, Harper and Sullivan. 2013, in New York State Geological Association 85th Annual Meeting Field Trip Guidebook
P. 1 - 52

An Enigmatic Impression on a Dugong Bone, Adovasio, Illingworth, McKenzie, 2012, Presented at the 77th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Memphis, Tennessee

McKenzie, S. 2012. Horseshoe Crabs and Their Relatives in the Pennsylvanian of the Midcontinent. M.A.P.S. Digest, Official Publication of the Mid-America Paleontology Society, The Pennsylvanian 35(2): 129 -132.

McKenzie, S. 2011 Mesozoic Coleoids: Fossil Squids and Cuttlefish. M.A.P.S. Digest, Official Publication of the Mid-America Paleontology Society, The Cretaceous 34(2): 37 -40.

McKenzie, S. 2011 Nightmare before the Cenozoic: what did the Dinosaurs look like and what Happened to their Ecosystem?. M.A.P.S. Digest, Official Publication of the Mid-America Paleontology Society, The Cretaceous 34(2): 93 -96.

Baird, Over, Hannibal, Carr, McKenzie. 2011, End Devonian Successions in NW Pennsylvania and N Ohio Compaired: Review of Potential Unit Relationships to the Hangenberg Bioevent. GSA Pittsburgh Devonian Symposium, Abstracts.

McKenzie, S. C. An Ordovician trilobite with possible calcified muscles Mid America Paleontology Society Digest, Vol. 33, No. 1 April, 2010, P. 105 -106

Baird, Over, McKenzie, Sullivan, End succession in N. W. PA: New developments concerning potential chronostratigraphic unit relationships to the global Dasberg and Hangenberg bioevents. NE. SE. Geological Society of America Meeting, Baltimore, MD.,March, 2010

Baird, Sullivan, McKenzie, Schwab and Dvorak, Conodonts and the end-Devonian event stratagraphic chronology in the classic oil lands region: latest Famennian Riceville Formation Brea Sandstone succession. International Conodont Symposium ICOS 2009 Permophiles #53 Suppliment #1, Page 3.

McKenzie, S.C., Is Titusvillia a Sponge? In: History and Geology of the Oil Regions of Northwestern Pennsylvania, Guidebook, 74th Annual Field Conference of Pennsylvania Geologists, 2009, P. 32. – 34.

McKenzie, S.C. , Phyllocarids From the Late Devonian of N. W. Pennsylvania. In: History and Geology of the Oil Regions of Northwestern Pennsylvania, Guidebook, 74th Annual Field Conference of Pennsylvania Geologists, 2009, P. 35. – 37.

McKenzie, S. C., Tabulate Corals from the Late Devonian of N. W. Pennsylvania. In: History and Geology of the Oil Regions of Northwestern Pennsylvania, Guidebook, 74th Annual Field Conference of Pennsylvania Geologists, 2009, P. 38. – 39.

Baird, Gryta, McKenzie, Over, Pulawski and Sullivan, Deconvoluting the End Devonian Story in the Oil Lands of N. W. Pennsylvania, In: History and Geology of the Oil Regions of Northwestern Pennsylvania, Guidebook, 74th Annual Field Conference of Pennsylvania Geologists, 2009, P. 5. – 31.

Baird, Over, Sullivan, McKenzie, Schwab, Dvorak, Working Towards an End-Devonian Event Chronology in the Latest Famennian Riceville Formation – Berea Sandstone Succession in North West Pennsylvania, 2009 North East Section, Geological Society of America, Portland, Maine

Harper, McKenzie, Baird, Sullivan, Drake Well Museum and Type Drake Well Formation Outcrop, 2009 North East Section, Geological Society of America, Portland, Maine P. 120. – 131.

McKenzie, Sullivan and Baird, Stratigraphy and Paleontology of the Classic Union City Dam Spillway Succession, 2009 North East Section, Geological Society of America, Portland, Maine, P. 172. – 174.

Baird, Over, McKenzie, Sullivan, Late Famennian Stratigraphy and Paleontology in N. W. Pennsylvania: Potential Links to Global Bioevents and Paleoclimate Changes. 9th North American Paleontological Convention 2009 Cincinnati, Ohio, P. 461. – 462

Wendruff, McKenzie, First evidence of Food Chains at the Linton Lagerstatte, 2008 North East Section, (Poster Session) Geological Society of America, Buffalo, NY

Moore, McKenzie, Lieberman, A Carboniferous Synziphosurine from the Bear Gulch Limestone, Montana, USA, 2007, Palaeontology, Vol. 50, #4, P. 1013- 1019

McKenzie, Lost Linton, Cradle of the Dinosaurs, 2007 Mid America Paleontology Society Digest Vol. #XXIX, Expo Edition, P. 15 – 17

McKenzie, Early Insect Relatives, 2006 Mid America Paleontology Society Digest Vol. #XXVII, #3 Expo Edition, P. 38- 39

McKenzie, Rude, Ruder, Rudest, The Strangest Bivalves ever Known, 2005, Mid America Paleontological Society Digest, Vol. XVI, Expo Edition, P. 90 - 93 and Back Cover

Hannibal, Keipher, Lemay, McKenzie, Knob Noster: a New Upper Carboniferous Lagerstatte in Missouri Containing Millipedes, Insects, Crustaceans, Vertebrates, Plants and Other Terrestrial and Brackish Water Organisms, 2003, North Central Section, Geological Society of America, Kansas City, Paper 22-6

Babcock, Buyce, Harper, McKenzie, Thomas, Wegweiser & Wegweiser Geotectonic Environment of the Lake Erie Crustal Block, Field conference of Pennsylvania Geologists, #63, 1998

Babcock, Wegweiser, Stanley, McKenzie, Horseshoe Crabs and Their Trace Fossils From the Devonian of Pennsylvania, 1995, Pennsylvania Geology,Vol.26, #2

Chitaley & McKenzie, A new structurally preserved Lycopsid Cone from the Upper Devonian of Pennsylvania, 1984, International Paleobotanical Conference, Edmonton, Canada, #7

Feldman & McKenzie, Echinocaris multispinosus, a New Echinocarid (Phyllocarida) from the Chagrin Formation (Late Devonian) of Ohio. Journal of Paleontology, March 1981, Vol.55, P. 383 -388 

 

** Designates publications and projects with Mercyhurst University students